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Badenoch and Strathspey's dedicated foodbank deliveries stood down for now but still collecting

By Tom Ramage

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The strath's branch of Highland Foodbank had reported a "hectic" week but essentially one spent on organising things for the challenge to come.

The Aviemore bank has moved from St Andrew's Church on Grampian Road to the hall at the village's vacated primary school to provide more space for their work.

Spokesman Gavin Stewart told the Strathy: "We are still getting the new processes set up to ensure that we can deliver to those in need, who identifies them or how we can do it if there is a total lock-down."

On the temporary relocation, he said: "It's easier access and gives us all more space to work with.

"Also, and vitally, it makes it easier for us all to stay apart, in line with the official guidance.

"But this will be just the store and there are no drop-offs or collections at this time."

As to stocks, Mr Stewart told the Strathy: "We do have a shortage of cereal, tinned tomatoes, fruit, puddings – custard and rice – juice, UHT milk and jam.

"The public can keep up-to-date with our situation via our Facebook page."

The activities of the Badenoch and Strathspey wide branch are currently suspended because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

The charity will be delivering all its food boxes throughout the Highland region from their central stores in Inverness, using their staff and vans.

Anyone in urgent need of food, or aware of a neighbour who is, can contact their local referral point which include: Abernethy , Boat of Garten, and Kincardine Church of Scotland Minister; Aviemore Medical Practice; CAB Aviemore; CAB Grantown; CMHT – Badenoch and Strathspey; Grantown Medical Practice; health and social care - Badenoch and Strathspey adult services; health and social care - Badenoch and Strathspey children and families team; Highland Council's care and learning service; Highland Council's housing service for Badenoch and Strathspey; Highland Council Public Health Service; Inverallan, Cromdale and Dulnain Bridge Church of Scotland Minister; Inverness Women's Aid; Newtonmore, Laggan and Kingussie Church of Scotland Minister; Rothiemurchus, Aviemore Church of Scotland Minister.

Anyone unable to contact any of the above should phone Highland Foodbank directly on (01463) 717630.

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